European car manufacturers are seeking full control over the data sent to them by ‘connected vehicles’ they put on the road, and fear a move by Brussels that would impose sharing that data with rivals. Read More
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A safety check error has set the Automobile Association back by several thousand dollars and prompted the NZTA to apologise to a young driver. The Transport Service Delivery Agent missed a critical repair on a Read More
A safety check error has set the Automobile Association back by severa ...
Improved energy efficiency is helping New Zealand cut thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions and save millions of dollar yearly.
Links between energy efficiency and carbon mitigation are demonstrated by several programmes run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Recent results were published yesterday in its annual report for 2015/16.
In the transport sector the report shows that EECA designed and commenced a contestable fund to encourage and support innovative low emission vehicle projects as part of government’s package to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) by New Zealanders. Continue reading “Energy efficiency proves role in low-emissions economy ” »
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has significant implications for the legal profession, says Chapman Tripp.
It underscores that AI will require the profession to consider and adapt regulation in specific domains such as autonomous vehicles in transportation or robotic medicine in healthcare, and to do so it has collaborated with the Institute of Directors (IoD) in producing a white paper calling on government to take the lead in addressing opportunities, risks and challenges presented by AI.
Chapman Tripp partner Bruce McClintock says that over time the legal profession will have to wrestle with the implications of AI for core legal principles like legal responsibility, agency and causation. Continue reading “Legal profession grapples with autonomous vehicles” »
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has significant implications for the lega ...
Engineers in Japan have set their sights on lighting the Olympic torch at the 2020 Tokyo games with a flying car.
The plan is to reportedly drive the car around the athletic track in the new national stadium before flying it into the air to light the cauldron in the climactic moment of the opening ceremony, reports News.com.au.
The vehicle will be a single person electric tricycle with propellers positioned on the front and rear corners to provide a vertical take off and landing (VTOL) system and its design will see it operated with the steering wheel and accelerator pedal either in the air or on the road. Continue reading “Japanese engineers envisage ‘flying car’ Olympics” »
Engineers in Japan have set their sights on lighting the Olympic t ...
The new Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series has been given a 5 star ANCAP rating. The Toyota Prius also achieved top marks.
Toyota’s workhorse, the Landcruiser 70 single cab chassis has been upgraded and following a suite of destructive crash tests has reached 5 star standards.
The tested model of Toyota Landcruiser 70 Single Cab Chassis was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in October 2016. This ANCAP safety rating applies to single cab chassis variants built from September 2016. Other variants are unrated. Continue reading “Toyota Landcruiser, Prius get top marks for safety” »
The new Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series has been given a 5 star ANCAP rat ...
Nissan has completed its acquisition of a US$2.3 billion stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC), clearing the way for Carlos Ghosn to take over as chairman of a scandal-plagued carmaker and embark on his bid to turn around a third major automaker.
Ghosn, already chairman and chief executive officer at Nissan and Renault, promoted chief competitive officer Hiroto Saikawa as co-CEO of Nissan.
The move allows Ghosn to dedicate more time to repairing trust in MMC after a months’ long fuel economy scandal that may lead to the carmaker’s first annual loss in eight years. Continue reading “Nissan adds Mitsubishi to growing alliance ” »
Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn (left) ith MMC President Osamu Masuko Niss ...
“We are not going to turn back time and stop people behaving this way (using cell phones while driving) so instead we should look at how we can use technology to make mobile-phone technology safer while on the road.”
This is the opinion of Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios author of a ground-breaking review that looks at how to make phone use by drivers safer.
His Queensland University of Technology (QUT) review looks at the issue of mobile phone use by drivers as a task-sharing problem. Continue reading “New approach to ‘distracted driver’ problem” »
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Carmaker Citroen will start selling cars directly to customers online, as it follows Tesla’s efforts to establish direct-from-factory sales in the US.
Customers will be able to choose and configure their cars – either to order or from dealer or central stock – and then finance them and put down a deposit online, without a visit to a showroom.
There is an increasing trend for carmakers to close or consolidate dealerships in favour of smaller, city-centre and shopping-centre outlets, Continue reading “Citroen’s threat to dealers with online car sales” »
Carmaker Citroen will start selling cars directly to customers online, ...
The landscape of the web is ever changing and evolving as the environment is defined by new entrants with new business models, and incumbents working to maintain and protect what revenue they have. Staying on top of this is key as these changes impact where you can derive maximum value from your marketing spend.
In the past, mainstream adoption of technology and the internet was generally led by the development of intuitive interfaces and authenticated walled gardens of content where users feel safe to roam. It was not until the first of the graphical browsers turned up like Mosaic and Netscape, along with online communities like Apples eWorld, that the person in the street experienced the power of the web in finding relevant content, even if it was only to download Doom and read the odd text-based email.
Next to none of the original internet players still exist, and even the companies that replaced them have in turn come and gone. The largest players with deepest pockets like Yahoo! still struggle to survive, and despite the best efforts of Marissa Mayer, it will not last in its current form. So while we are in a period of change, we are always in a period of change, and our strategies need to evolve and keep up. Our buyers are bold adopters of new things, and quickly form different web-based habits and allegiances. The rise and fall of Pokemon Go is testament to this. What will remain as a legacy is the tangible benefit that location-based augmented reality games can bring businesses. Did you set up your Pokemon Go Gym? Continue reading “Driving value from a fragmenting web; who moved the cheese?” »
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